Monday, 3 September 2012

A load of Tosh: External hard drives the new 'personal clouds


Calling an external hard drive on a desk at home "a personal cloud" is a bit of a stretch - but that is exactly what Toshiba is doing with its latest 3.5in disk product, the STORE.E CLOUD.
After announcing internal-fitting 3.5in drives using technology acquired from Western Digital, Tosh has quickly followed up with 2TB and 3TB external drives aimed at performing backups over an Ethernet network. One might otherwise call this a NAS box.
Control software is installed on a home computer, and then libraries of music, videos and pictures are backed up to the device automatically from connected Windows computers and Android and Apple iOS devices using Canvio software. It can also stream movies to a smart TV.
Like similar products from Seagate and WD, punters can log into it over the internet once the box is hooked up to a router.

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